By an overwhelming majority, all respondents want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep his promise regarding electoral reform.
Prime Minister Trudeau indicated in an interview with Le Devoir that electoral reform might not be necessary at this time because Canadians are satisfied with his government.
“Under Mr. Harper, there were so many people dissatisfied with the government and its approach that they were saying, ‘We need an electoral reform so that we can no longer have a government we don’t like,'” Trudeau explained.
“However, under the current system, they now have a government they are more satisfied with. And the motivation to want to change the electoral system is less urgent.”
The Liberal Party did campaign in the last election that the 2015 federal election would be the last fought under the first-past-the-post system.
The government has received criticism for setting up the parliamentary committee on electoral reform in order to put forth a system that would best advantage the Liberal Party of Canada, a ranked ballot system. The government has since conceded to the opposition and modified the committee membership to include all parties in the house of commons.
The United States, the United Kingdon and Canada are the last western democratic countries that continue to use the first-past-the-post voting system.
Maryam Monsef, the Minister of Democratic Institutions, is encouraging Canadians to participate in a series of federal electoral reform community dialogue events across Canada.
Here is a list of upcoming events:
September 22, 2016
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Confederation Centre of the Arts
September 23, 2016
Halifax, Nova Scotia
1990 Barrington Street
The Baronet Ballroom (8th floor)
September 24, 2016
Moncton, New Brunswick
750 Main Street
September 29, 2016
Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
114 Trans-Canada Highway
October 1, 2016
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
Hotel North Two
Conference Room (1-5)
382 Hamilton River Road
For more information regarding upcoming events, visit the Government of Canada website.
You can also participate in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #EngagedinER.
If you live in the Waterloo Ontario area, MP Bryan May will be hosting a town hall on electoral reform on Wednesday September 14th. Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef will also be in attendance. The event will take place at the Stanley Park Community Centre (505 Franklin Street North, Kitchener, Ontario) at 7:00 pm.
If you would like to attend, RSVP here.
The special committee on electoral reform is holding meetings over the summer in order to come up with recommendations for replacing the first-past-the-post electoral system.
The committee will met on the 6, 7th, 25th and 26th of July. It will meet again July 27th, 28th, August 22nd, 23rd, 29th, 30th, 31st and September 1st. The minutes don’t clarify where all those meetings will be held, and the chair of the committee is authorized to make changes as necessary.
The committee has decided there will be an open mic at each meeting with time set aside at each meeting for people to speak “on a first-come first-served basis”.
Canadians can also use the Twitter hashtags #ERRE and #Q to submit questions to the committee.
Finally, the committee is inviting Canadians to submit briefs, up to a maximum of 3,000 words, by October 7th. Canadians have until that date to make requests to appear before the committee.
For more information on the committee, visit the Parliament of Canada’s website.
The Liberal government has released a 38-page guide to creating your own discussion group on electoral reform. The guide allows any Canadian to set up an informal meeting without having to wait for their member of parliament.
The guide advises people engaged in discussions to “agree to disagree — with ideas, not people.”
After a meeting or event, organizers are instructed to send a summary of no more than 3,000 words to the electoral reform committee or to the minister of democratic institutions herself.
Source: Global News